Overseas successes for Norfolk number ones Olivia Nicholls and Will Davies

Olivia Nicholls, third from right, celebrates winning bronze at the Master U BNP Paribas event in Li

Olivia Nicholls, third from right, celebrates winning bronze at the Master U BNP Paribas event in Lille, France, with the British Universities team. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

Norfolk women's number one Olivia Nicholls helped the Great Britain universities squad to win a bronze medal at the Master U BNP Paribas event in Lillie, France.

Will Davies, right, won the doubles alongside Fabian Marozsan at the Junior Zagreb Cup in Croatia. P

Will Davies, right, won the doubles alongside Fabian Marozsan at the Junior Zagreb Cup in Croatia. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

Played over three days, eight countries competed, with seven rubbers in each match made up of two men's and women's singles, a men's and women's doubles and a mixed doubles.

On the first day GB beat France 4-3, with Nicholls helping to win the women's doubles in straight sets and the mixed doubles 10-7 in the championship tie-break, which was the deciding rubber.

On the second day GB lost 4-3 to a strong Russia, with Nicholls and Alicia Barnett beaten 3-6 6-0 10-7 in the women's doubles and Nicholls and Jonny Binding beaten 6-2 7-6 in the mixed doubles.

On the final day the Loughborough University student, originally from Acle, wasn't in action as GB beat Germany 4-1 in the third-place play-off.


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The 22-year-old is currently ranked 31 in the national women's rankings and sixth in the eastern region, having won the doubles alongside Louise Holturn at the BUCS Individual Championships earlier this year, also finishing as runner-up in the singles.

Norfolk men's number one Will Davies also enjoyed some recent success, winning the doubles at the Junior Zagreb Cup in Croatia.

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The 17-year-old was beaten 6-1 6-4 by fifth seed Fabian Marozsan in the first round of the singles but then fared better when pairing up with the Hungarian in the doubles.

The third seeds won their opening two matches before receiving a walkover in the semi-final and going on to beat Croatian pair Borna Markusic and Jakov Suler 7-6(4) 6-1 in the final.

The Norwich youngster has had a busy year, competing in Sweden, Qatar and France, and is currently 29th in the national under-18 rankings and sixth regionally, as well as 93rd in the overall national men's rankings and 19th regionally.

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